Usain Bolt bade an victorious farewell to adoring fans in Jamaica by winning his final 100m on the island of his birth.
The eight-time Olympic gold medalist is due to hang up his spikes after the World Championships in London in August.
One final salute to the Jamaican crowd .mannaz mi boss
usainbolt</a> <a href="https://t.co/nR888qbmsA">pic.twitter.com/nR888qbmsA</a></p>— Denroy Moore (Denno876er) June 11, 2017
He spoke of his gratitude to the legions of fans on the island and across the globe:
“There’s no words, know what I mean? From world juniors the support that I’ve been getting from Jamaica I never thought I would reach this height in track and field, my only aim was to be a 200 metre Olympic champion, that was my aim until I’ve done what I’ve done and being a legend for me is something big and I wouldn’t have done it without the support of my parents, my close friends, my best friend NJ, I’ve really gotten your support from everybody and the fans of Jamaica really came out and support me and I want to thank you guys, I never expected this, thank you for coming out and thank you for showing the support that I’ve always expect and respect from you guys, thank you very much,” he said post-race.
usainbolt</a> ends his stunning career on a high note in front of his beloved Jamaicans fans: <a href="https://t.co/uwoBrKd4nO">https://t.co/uwoBrKd4nO</a> <a href="https://t.co/v1ClC2tIK2">pic.twitter.com/v1ClC2tIK2</a></p>— beIN SPORTS USA (beINSPORTSUSA) June 11, 2017
Bolt also holds the 100 and 200 world records.
Longevity Personified: Usain Bolt ran his final race in Jamaica last night. Next month marks 15 YEARS since he emerged at World Juniors. pic.twitter.com/0e4NfHox97— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) June 11, 2017